You waste money by pushing harder on a thermostat. Your car has an accelerator pedal, the more you push it, the faster you go. The thermostat in your house does not work that way. Thermostats are an on off switch that you set for the temperature you want.
Setting your thermostat extra low will not cool your house faster.
Your air conditioner is a two-speed device. Either it is on, or it is off. It is either running, and removing heat from your home as fast as it can, or it is off. There is no in between.
Two things determine the speed that your house cools down:
1. The capacity rating of your air conditioner
2. How fast outdoor heat gets into the house
The capacity of your air conditioner to remove heat is locked it when it was built. The speed of heat flowing into your house is determined by the amount of sunshine hitting the house, the outdoor temperature, wind and the physical condition of the house.
Setting the thermostat at 60 when you really want the house to be 75 degrees does not help anything.
If you want to speed up how fast your house cools off, there are some things you can do.
If you are doing the right thing and shutting your air conditioner off when no one is home you will want the house to cool down as fast as possible when your return home.
The best investment you can make is to slow down the heat that is coming in. Use awnings, storm doors, storm windows, solar screens, more insulation and radiant barriers to slow down or block heat from getting in. All of these will reduce your electric bill.
The waste fully expensive answer is to add an additional air conditioner. A window unit or split unit are the easiest to add. Just be prepared for bigger electric bills. A second AC adds cooling capacity to your system, but you pay for it up both front and every month when the bills arrive.
How about giving you AC a head start.
A low cost answer is to use a digital thermostat that you can program to turn on the AC before you return home. That way, when you walk in the door, the house is already cool for you to enjoy.
You may need to experiment a little to find out how early to have the AC switch on. Ideally, it is just getting into your comfort zone when you get home.
That way you can shut the AC off when no one is home, to save money, and still have a comfortable home when you get there.
I look forward to the day when folks can use their cell phone or computer to dial up their home or office thermostat when they start their commute. For folks who do not have a set schedule, they could “talk” to their thermostat and set it up or down depending on the situation. That way their home or office would be ready to welcome them in comfort.
The technology is ready we just need to connect the dots to make it work.
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